Dodge Journey vs. Dodge Grand Caravan

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John Diether has been a professional writer, editor, and producer since 1997. His work can be found on TV, radio, web, and various publications throughout the world.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance in his garage. 


, Automotive Editor - February 9, 2017

Most large families rely on a crossover SUV or a minivan to get everyone to the same place. Dodge is one of the few brands that offer both. The Journey and Grand Caravan provide room for seven, but are mostly known for their budget-friendly price.

Which of these affordable haulers is a better fit for family life?

See a side-by-side comparison of the Journey & Grand Caravan »

What the Journey Gets Right

The Journey gives you a choice of five- or seven-passenger seating. Although the third row is best for children, the Journey is the most affordable three-row vehicle on the market. With the very back seats folded, cargo space is impressive at 39.6 cubic feet. The area expands to 67.6 cubic feet with both rows down, which is average for a vehicle of this size.

The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates 173 horsepower and comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission. A much better choice is the available 3.6-liter V6, which puts out 283 hp and comes with a 6-speed automatic (it's standard on the line-topping GT). All-wheel drive is available on all models.

What the Grand Caravan Gets Right

There's no substitute for a minivan when it comes to interior room. Seven passengers can get comfy across three rows. The "Stow 'n Go" second- and third-row seats fold completely into the floor, leaving a whopping 143.8 cubic feet of cargo space. A pair of large storage compartments sit under the floor. The Grand Caravan uses the same 3.6-liter V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission available in the Journey.

Like most minivans, the Grand Garvan features power-sliding side doors. Second-row captain's chairs are optional. The Grand Caravan uses the same 3.6-liter V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission available in the Journey.

What's More Important?

With its sleeker design and sporty styling bits, the Journey certainly wins on looks. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the Journey can get to the campsite and look good doing it. The Grand Caravan is more of a functional vehicle, focused on transporting people and things without drama (or even a hint of excitement). In that regard, it succeeds without apology.

Our Verdict: Dodge Grand Caravan

When it comes to what families really care about, the Grand Caravan pulls ahead by a mile.

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, Automotive Editor

John Diether has been a professional writer, editor, and producer since 1997. His work can be found on TV, radio, web, and various publications throughout the world.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance in his garage. 


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